Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Dunwoody Planning Commission recommends Saint Barnabas expansion approval

Saint Barnabas Anglican Church in Dunwoody has cleared the first hurdle to add nearly 5,000 square feet to its facility, which officials say will help with its growing membership and school. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the church’s special land use permit request at its Dec. 10 meeting. The SLUP request now goes to the City Council for final consideration. Saint Barnabas is in a residential district on nearly 4 acres at 4795 North Peachtree Road. There is a church and school building on the site totaling 11,064 square feet. The church is seeking the SLUP so it...

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Dunwoody restaurants ticketed for alleged underage alcohol sales

Two Dunwoody restaurants who allegedly sold alcohol to an 18-year-old buyer are scheduled to go before the city’s Alcohol License Review Board on Dec. 20 and face having their 2019 alcohol licenses suspended or revoked. Empire State Pizza and Growlers, at 5000 Winters Chapel Road, and Sage Woodfire Tavern Perimeter, at 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, were ticketed last month for selling alcohol to a minor, according to Dunwoody Police reports. Dunwoody Police officers conducted undercover operations at the restaurants with a Georgia Department of Revenue agent and an unidentified 18-year-old male, the reports state. People must be 21 and older...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Dec. 21

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 lane closures Dec. 13-15, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., southbound between Hammond Drive and I-285, two left lanes. Dec. 16, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound between Johnson Ferry Road and Hammond Drive, one left lane. I-285 ramp closures Dec. 16-19, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., eastbound ramp to Ga. 400 northbound closed. I-285 lane closures...

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‘Richard Jewell’ movie stirs Atlanta Olympics bombing memories, AJC controversy

Well before its Dec. 13 debut, the movie “Richard Jewell” was already stirring local memories of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing – and controversy about its portrayal of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter. The Clint Eastwood-directed, Atlanta-made movie sets out to ensure the legacy of Jewell, a heroic security guard who was briefly, and wrongly, targeted by the FBI as a top bombing suspect. However, the film is opening to intense controversy over its treatment of the AJC’s Kathy Scruggs as supposedly offering sex for a scoop. The real bomber was right-wing terrorist Eric Rudolph, who went on to bomb...

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‘Richard Jewell’ movie’s reporter portrayal blasted by Buckhead attorney who sued her and AJC

The controversial treatment of the late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs in the new movie “Richard Jewell” is being blasted as “false & damning” by the Buckhead attorney who once sued the AJC and Scruggs for libel on Jewell’s behalf. The Clint Eastwood-directed movie about the Atlanta Olympics bombing hero-turned-suspect, set for release on Dec. 13, is already widely criticized for a scene allegedly showing Scruggs offering sex for a scoop about the suspect’s identity. The AJC says Scruggs did no such thing and has threatened the filmmakers with legal action if they don’t include a warning about the...

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‘Richard Jewell’ movie was filmed at Oglethorpe, Johnny’s Hideaway, other local spots

The new Clint Eastwood movie “Richard Jewell,” which debuts Dec. 13, not only tells the story of the Atlanta Olympics bombing hero turned suspect, but also was filmed in the metro area. Local sets ranged from Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe University to Johnny’s Hideaway, a popular Buckhead nightclub where Eastwood reportedly shot an already notorious scene suggesting a reporter offered an FBI agent sex for the Jewell scoop. Perhaps the biggest area set was Centennial Olympic Park downtown, where Eastwood recreated the 1996 bombing. Smaller scenes were shot in such places as Oglethorpe, where university spokesperson Renee Vary Keele says Hearst...

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Dunwoody approves $3.55M for 2020 paving

The Dunwoody City Council has approved a $3.55M contract extension with Blount Construction to pave 37 streets covering 10 miles next year. The 2020 paving program was approved by the council at its Dec. 9 meeting. The contract extension with Blount is part of a multi-year bid that was designed to minimize the impact of paving cost inflation, said Public Works Director Michael Smith in a press release. Paving typically starts in March or April when temperatures are regularly above 45 degrees. Most of the funding for the paving comes from DeKalb County’s special purpose local option sales tax,...

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Eats Beat: Restaurant news 

Recent restaurant news in Reporter communities. Batter, an edible cookie dough counter, has announced it will be opening in the Powers Ferry Square shopping center at 3792 Hammond Drive in Buckhead in February 2020. Batter has one other location in Atlanta at Ponce City Market that opened in 2017. The dessert spot offers different flavors of edible cookie dough, as well as cookies and milkshakes. For more information, visit battercookiedough.com Buon Fornello, an Italian restaurant and marketplace, opened in the Publix at Perimeter shopping center at 1100 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs on Nov. 18. Giacomo Lazzano brings the...

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City approves six-month development moratorium in Dunwoody Village Overlay

No new land development applications or building permits will be issued for up to six months in the Dunwoody Village Overlay district as the city works to complete a rewrite of zoning regulations as part of a master plan update for the area. The City Council voted 6-1 at its Dec. 9 meeting to approve the moratorium that went into effect immediately and is expected to be lifted on June 7. “I believe this is a critical time in the Village and the public agrees with us,” said Mayor-elect Lynn Deutsch in stating her support for the moratorium. “Now...

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Dunwoody to buy 7 acres from Waterford Swim and Racquet Club for park space

The city of Dunwoody is purchasing just over 7 acres of property from the Waterford Swim and Racquet Club to create more park space for the city, including a trail system that would connect area neighborhoods. The cost of the land is $125,000 and the city will be using DeKalb County park bond funds to buy it. The City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 4565 Dellrose Drive and 2371 North Peachtree Way at its Dec. 9 meeting. The two properties are adjacent to each other and include a mostly wooded area, a portion of a pond and the...

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AJC blasts ‘Richard Jewell’ movie’s reporter portrayal; will host private screenings in Sandy Springs

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is blasting an upcoming movie about wrongly accused 1996 Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell for allegedly depicting one of its reporters as trading sex for the scoop. Meanwhile, the newspaper is planning private screenings of “Richard Jewell” for subscribers at a Sandy Springs theater, where Editor Kevin Riley will discuss “where Hollywood strayed from the real story.” The Dunwoody-based newspaper hired a high-profile Hollywood attorney to blast the Clint Eastwood-directed movie, which is scheduled for nationwide release Dec. 13, as defaming the late reporter Kathy Scruggs as a “sex-trading object” and “damaging” the AJC with false...

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Shortal, Nall receive praise, thanks at final Dunwoody council meeting

From the singing of the “Marines’ Hymn” to the proclamation of “Terry Nall Day,” the Dec. 9 Dunwoody City Council meeting included several moments to honor outgoing Mayor Denis Shortal and Councilmember Terry Nall. The meeting – last in office for both officials – marked the end of an era in part. Shortal has served on the City Council since Dunwoody was incorporated in 2008; he was elected mayor in 2016. He announced earlier this year he was not running for reelection to spend more time with his family. Nall was elected to the City Council in 2011 and...

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